The EP process is moving on with no stopping.
This also goes for the family court proceedings, there is no stoppage.
The only potential slow down might be due to vacation day choices the family court judges may take, which usually peak in the month of July and August.
Recently, however, the Ministry of Health and Welfare (MOHW) has put into the regulation the requirement by the agencies to make unannounced visits to potential adoptive families that are in the homestudy stage. This type of visit requirement does not include the visits during the post-adoption study period.
To the person I talked on this, I stated that this will not sit well with the American culture (probably European culture as well), where any visit by anyone is usually known ahead of time, and to do otherwise would be considered a bad manner.
The agencies in Korea are pushing back on this as they are acutely aware of the families' reactions to this. They are collecting data from the US and Europe to determine if any other countries are excercising this practice. The idea behind the unnounced visit is to catch a family by surprise and see how bad (or good) the candidate adoptive families are living in a normal day-to-day environment.
I think this is a very poorly thought out regulation, and I am not sure where and how they got such idea of having a 'Big Brother is Watching You' type of idea, but if I had to guess, it probably is an after thought that came out of Hyunsu O'Calaghan's tragedy.
Also, a foster mother in Korea was leaving the children in her home to tend to other things. When one day social worker visited the home unannounced, they found the child by himself. The agecy decided to remove the child from the foster mother. That child was Hyunsu.
During the high media coverage on Hyunsu, the foster mother went on the media blaming the agency for denying her request to adopt Hyunsu, but in fact the truth was that she never followed through the adoption request.
The unannounced visit regulation is not yet finalized, but I am thinking (and hoping) it woudn't go through.